Lucky Neko: Gigablox by Yggdrasil Gaming released on 24.07.2020Yggdrasil Gaming released on 24.07.2020 is a 6-reel & 4-row online slot with 40 paylines and a 96.4% RTP. This is a japanese-themed game offering players a max win of up to 6953x their stake. Lucky Neko: Gigablox can be played on all devices from €0.08 to €100 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
- Free Spins
- Blessed Symbol
The Gigablox mechanic operates on each spin so that at least 2 reels sync every spin. Instead of the synced reels all showing the same regular sized symbol, they combine into one reel with Gigablox symbols.
For example, 2 reels synced into one contain 2x2 size symbols. Three reels synced into one contain 3x3 size symbols. In the base game, the largest Gigablox symbols are 4x4, but during free spins they can be up to 6x6. More than one Gigablox reel can appear in a single spin. When forming part of a winning combination, each Gigablox symbol represents the number of regular symbol spaces it covers.
5 or more free spins symbols trigger the free spins round. Free Spins are played on a new, expanded 6x8 reel set with 85 paylines. Each free spins symbol is worth one free spin, so the number of free spins you are awarded depends on the number of free spins symbols landed during the triggering spin. During the bonus round every free spins symbol which lands adds one more spin to your total. As previously noted, during free spins, Gigablox up to 6x6 in size are possible.
Before the free spins round begins, one regular symbol is chosen to be the ‘Blessed Symbol’. Wins containing the Blessed Symbol have a 5x multiplier attached to them for the duration of the bonus round.
Design & Symbols
The game takes place in a small Japanese shop filled with numerous trinkets, vases, pots, vessels, symbols, and ornaments. The reel set appears as a large wooden shelf in centre of the store. Tranquil Japanese music plays in the background, with the occasional piece of Japanese dialogue spoken by a female voice. During free spins, the action takes place outside the store on a higher, 6x8 board. The reels are set between sculpted stone columns with a flat stone roof in a small, landscaped garden in front of the store.
Low value symbols are jars containing the card suits, clubs, diamonds, spades, and hearts. The high value symbols are purple, green, yellow, and pink Daruma Dolls. Daruma Dolls are hollow, round, Japanese traditional dolls modelled on Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. They are considered a symbol of perseverance and luck. The pink doll is the highest value symbol, with 6 on a payline awarding 8x the bet size. If chosen as the Blessed Symbol during free spins, it becomes worth 40x the bet size for 6 on a payline. The is a golden wild symbol, and the scatter symbol is Lucky Neko himself. Neko is the famous cat figurine, often known as ‘Maneki-neko- which translates as “beckoning cat”.
The image above displays the different ways you can create winning combinations.
Our Thoughts on Lucky Neko: Gigablox
Lucky Neko: Gigablox is a delightful slot from Yggdrasil. It looks fabulous, it sounds glorious, it pays well, and it has a strong narrative. It isn’t the highest paying slot in the world, but there are very good wins to be had, and it is generally a pleasure to play.
Giant symbols are nothing new of course; they may be packages differently and come with slightly different mechanics from other providers, but they’re not new. However, there is something rather beguiling about Gigablox, and the mechanic works well as an integral part of the game.
I look forward to seeing how Yggdrasil move forward with Gigablox and how they use them next.